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Police: Maryland middle schoolers ate food possibly laced with pot, man charged

LEXINGTON PARK, MD. — Authorities in Maryland say they've charged a man with reckless endangerment after middle school students ate food that police suspect was laced with marijuana.

The Sheriff's Office in St. Mary's County said Wednesday that 46-year-old Owusu Sondai Kanipe was charged in a summons. It has not yet been served.

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The investigation began after some students at a Lexington Park school said they felt ill and were taken to a hospital.

Authorities said one student brought food from home and shared it. Police said in early January that they suspected the food contained THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

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The Sheriff's Office did not explain Kanipe's relationship to the student. Online court records do not list a lawyer for Kanipe. A preliminary hearing for the misdemeanor charge is scheduled for March.

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